Comments to: David Woods
Last Updated: April 2005

The Military Martyrs

Early 14th-century silver relief (6.5 x 6cm) depicting St. Demetrius and St. George, the reverse of an icon depicting Virgin and Child Jesus, at Vatopedi Monastery, Mt. Athos, Greece. See the Treasures of Mt. Athos.

Early 14th-century steatite relief (6 x 5.5cm) depicting six military martyrs, at Vatopedi Monastery. These are Ss. George, Demetrius, and Theodore the Recruit (above), and Ss. Procopius, Mercurius, and Nestor (below). See the Treasures of Mt. Athos.


The primary purpose of this site is to enable people to begin to explore the cult of the military martyrs during the late antique and early medieval periods by: As the two reliefs above nicely illustrate, it is important to consider the cult of each individual military martyr in its full context, i.e. in the context of the cult of the other military martyrs also. This remains true from the earliest development of the cult of military martyrs in the 4th-century until its height, in both East and West, in the 14th-15th centuries. It remains true whether one is considering their cult from a literary or an artistic perspective. This is the fundamental principle underlying the construction of the present site.

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